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What “Terrible Twos” REALLY means.

Posted by on Nov 7, 2012 in terrible twos, toddler tantrums, toddler tantrums in public, what are terrible twos, what does terrible twos really mean, when do terrible twos start | 0 comments

Last night, I pulled into the parking lot of Ryan’s daycare. I passed by his main teacher, who was leaving for the day. I smiled at her. She blinked and nodded once. Uh-oh…I walked into his classroom. He spotted me, grinned and ran into my arms, the same way he does every day. The picture-perfect reunion after a day apart. His other teacher...

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He knows his smile is my weakness.

Posted by on Apr 20, 2012 in toddler knows how to play me, toddler personality, toddler smiles, toddler tantrums, toddler tantrums in public, wrapped around my toddler's finger | 0 comments

Yesterday, Ryan was not interested in leaving daycare. When I arrived at the regularly scheduled time to pick him up, he happened to be playing with a very fun toy and a very fun friend.* He was pleased to see me and even graced me with a quick smile, but then he went back to the business of pressing buttons on toys. He was not at all happy to discover...

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Kid’s first (miserable) trip to the zoo.

Posted by on Mar 5, 2012 in parenting is about good intentions, toddler tantrums in public, toddler's first trip to the zoo, toddlers and the zoo | 0 comments

Saturday was a beautiful day in Phoenix. Sunny, warm (but not too hot), a light breeze. Quintessential this-is-why-we-live-here weather. A perfect day for the zoo! There were family photo opps: And moments of fun and learning: But mostly? Mostly, there was this: Dude didn’t want to be in the stroller, didn’t want to be carried, didn’t...

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Public Displays of Toddlerhood.

Posted by on Feb 4, 2012 in first toddler meltdown in public, Photo 52 ABCs project, toddler tantrums, toddler tantrums in public | 0 comments

My intentions were good. I hate keeping my kid cooped up in the house all weekend. Every kid needs at least a little fresh air, I figured. So a little stroll through the downtown Glendale Chocolate Festival seemed like a pretty good idea. I get chocolate, Mike gets greasy food, the kid gets fresh air. Win-win-win. We happily breezed through the crowds,...

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